Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams presented by Dickson City Hyundai. The games will be listed based on how competitive they are, rivalry impact and storylines. So, if you are looking for a game to go watch, this guide will help you each week.

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WEEK 11

Lackawanna Trail Lions (6-4) at Old Forge Blue Devils (7-3)

Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 1A Championship Game
Series:
Old Forge 27-20
Last Meeting: 2022 – Old Forge 33-20
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 37, Susquehanna 7; Old Forge 34, Carbondale 14
Players To Watch
Lackawanna Trail: FB Hunter Patterson; Old Forge: WR Casey Holzman
The Skinny: It was a fun game to watch the first time these rivals played. The question is did Trail close the gap? High scoring game last time, but we think the defenses will control this playoff game. Winner into the state playoffs.
Key Matchup: Lackawanna Trail defensive  line vs. Old Forge offensive line
Favorite: Old Forge by 10


Delaware Valley Warriors (5-5) at Pittston Area Patriots (7-3)

Charley Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 5A Semifinal
Series:
First Meeting
Last Week: Abington Heights 38, Delaware Valley 13; Pittston Area 35, Wyoming Area 0
Players To Watch
Delaware Valley: LB Justin Kalitsnik; Pittston Area: RB Harry Pugliese
The Skinny: Two coaches very familiar with each other as Coach Barbieri was an assistant for many years at DV. The Warriors have to rebound off a shocking loss last week that put them on the road for the district playoffs. The Patriots have to worry about a hangover after winning the division and shutting out their biggest rival. Delaware Valley has the pedigree with six straight district titles. Pittston has played better down the stretch.
Key Matchup: Delaware Valley secondary vs. Pittston passing game
Favorite: Pittston Area by 4


Riverside Vikings (6-4) at Dunmore Bucks (7-3)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7:30pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 2A Semifinal
Series:
Dunmore 58-19-2
Last Meeting: 2022 – Dunmore 40-22
Last Week: Riverside 41, Holy Cross 0; Dunmore 35, West Scranton 32
Players To Watch
Riverside: QB Chase Taddonio; Dunmore: WR Daniel Pigga
The Skinny: These two teams played early in the season and Riverside has improved. Dunmore has changed things up offensively but they struggled to get wins the last two weeks. There was 62 points scored the last time they played and we expect more this time around. Winner gets another shot at Lakeland.
Key Matchup: Riverside defensive line vs. Dunmore running game
Favorite: Dunmore by 7


Abington Heights Comets (3-7) at Scranton Knights (7-3)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
District 2 Class 5A Semifinal
Series:
Abington Heights 19-12-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Abington Heights 14-13
Last Week: Abington Heights 38, Delaware Valley 13; Scranton 30, Wallenpaupack 13
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: DL Nico Bossi;  Scranton: DB Donato Stepney
The Skinny: Abington is playing their best football of the season and has beaten two teams in this bracket including a win over Scranton at The Pit. Scranton broke their three-game losing streak, but still has to prove they are worthy of a No. 1 seed. You look at the records and you think this game should be farther down our list, but we think this game will come down to the wire just like the last time the teams met.
Key Matchup: Abington Heights receivers vs. Scranton secondary
Favorite:
Scranton by 4


Wyoming Area Warriors (6-4) at Dallas Mountaineers (8-2)

Mountaineer Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
District 2 Class 4A Quarterfinal
Series:
Wyoming Area 24-17
Last Meeting: 2017 – Dallas 21-20
Last Week: Pittston Area 35, Wyoming Area 0; Dallas 49, Lake-Lehman 6
Players To Watch
Wyoming Area:
RB Aaron Crossley; Dallas: QB Brady Zapoticky
The Skinny: Expect both teams to try to pound the ball although Dallas is capabale of an efficient passing game. Parker Bolesta and Aaron Crossley were 1 and 2 in the district in rushing during the regular season. Can one team’s defense limit the running game? That’s what will decide this game.
Key Matchup: Wyoming Area linebackers vs. Dallas offensive line
Favorite: Dallas by 20


Hazleton Area Cougars (8-2) at Freedom Patriots (8-2)

BASD Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm
District 2/4/11 Class 6A Subregional Quarterfinal
Series: 
Hazleton Area 5-1
Last Meeting:
2008 – Freedom 42-25
Last Week: Hazleton Area 20, Berwick 0; Freedom 38, Liberty 7
Players to Watch
Hazleton Area:
WR Matthew Cusatis; Freedom: RB Jalen Fletcher
The Skinny: Freedom has won seven straight and earned a home game in the subregional. They will try to run the ball although they are not one-dimensional. Hazleton QB Tyler Wolfe left the game last week so we will have to keep an eye on that. A loss in the first round would be tough for a Cougar team that had high expectations coming into the season.
Key Matchup: Hazleton linebackers vs. Freedom offensive line
Favorite: Freedom by 10


North Pocono Trojans (4-6) at Berwick Bulldogs (4-6)

Crispin Field (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 4A Quarterfinal
Series:
Berwick 7-4
Last Meeting: 2017 – Berwick 48-14
Last Week: Crestwood 47, North Pocono 0; Hazleton Area 20, Berwick 0
Players To Watch
North Pocono: RB Michael Blaine; Berwick: QB Matt Lonczynski
The Skinny: Both these teams were shut out last week so we are going to take a guess that this one will be a defensive battle. North Pocono will try to pound the football while Berwick airs it out. Both teams played tough schedules so don’t be fooled by the losing records.
Key Matchup: North Pocono secondary vs. Berwick receivers
Favorite:
Berwick by 6


Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (6-4) at Emmaus Hornets (9-1)

EPSD Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
District 2/4/11 Class 6A Subregional Quarterfinal
Series:
First Meeting
Last Week: Wilkes-Barre 45, Valley West 6; Emmaus 40, Parkland 25
Players To Watch
Wilkes-Barre: RB Mekhi Nelson; Emmaus: QB Jake Fotta
The Skinny: Emmaus earned the No. 1 seed with only one loss this season and a very tough schedule. Wilkes-Barre is playing their best football and can win this game if the Hornets can’t stop the Wolfpack running game. On defense, Wilkes-Barre will have to limit the big pass plays.
Key Matchup: Wilkes-Barre secondary vs. Emmaus passing game
Favorite:
Emmaus by 14


Honesdale Hornets (5-5) at Valley View Cougars (8-2)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 4A Quarterfinal
Series:
Valley View 16-3
Last Meeting: 2022 – Valley View 35-17
Last Week: Western Wayne 27, Honesdale 7; Valley View 22, Scranton Prep 6
Players To Watch
Honesdale: QB Aiden Collins; Valley View: RB Connor Hilling
The Skinny: Valley View won this game handily on the road earlier this season, but Honesdale has played everyone tough with a stout defense. The Hornets will have to hit some big plays to pull the upset while the Cougars have become more balanced the second half of the season with a 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard passer.
Key Matchup: Honesdale defensive line vs. Valley View running game
Favorite:
Valley View by 18


Carbondale Area Chargers (3-7) at Western Wayne Wildcats (8-2)

Sharkey-Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm
District 2 Class 3A Semifinal
Series:
Carbondale 28-11
Last Meeting:
2017 – Western Wayne 35-0
Last Week: Old Forge 34, Carbondale 14; Western Wayne 27, Honesdale 7
Players To Watch
Carbondale: RB Vincent DePalma; Western Wayne: WR Sean Owens
The Skinny: Western Wayne can’t look ahead to Scranton Prep as Carbondale is capable of running the ball and shortening a game. The problem is the Chargers defense will have issues stopping the Wildcats offense. No doubt the ‘Cats are on a mission to get to next week’s game and a potential showdown with Scranton Prep.
Favorite: Western Wayne by 24


Susquehanna Sabers (4-6) at Pen Argyl Green Knights (4-6)

Paul Farnan Field (Bangor HS) (Turf), Saturday 12:30pm
Eastern Conference Class 1A/2A Championship
Series: First Meeting
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 37, Susquehanna 7; Bangor 35, Pen Argyl 6
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: RB William Marcy; Pen Argyl: QB Brad Rissmiller
 The Skinny: Sabers have been scrappy at times and have a decent offense. But they will have to find a way to stop the Pen Argyl passing game to have a chance to send their seniors out winners.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna pass rush vs. Pen Argyl offensive line
Favorite: Pen Argyl by 10


Williamsport Millionaires (4-6) at Boyertown Bears (5-5)

Boyertown Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 7pm
Eastern Conference Class 5A/6A Championship
Series:
First Meeting
Last Week: Williamsport 69, Tunkhannock 7; Boyertown 62, Upper Perkiomen 31
Players To Watch
Williamsport: QB George Whaley; Boyertown: RB Cole Yesavage
The Skinny: Williamsport just missed getting into the district subregional but still got an extra game in the Eastern Conference. Boyertown likes to run the ball so the Millionaires’ defense will be tested. Big plays on offense are a must for Williamsport to win their final game of the season.
Key Matchup: Williamsport defensive line vs. Boyertown running game
Favorite: Boyertown by 8


 

Nanticoke Trojans (5-5) at Crestwood Comets (9-1)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
District 2 Class 4A Quarterfinal
Series:
Tied 11-11-1
Last Meeting: 2020 – Crestwood 49-7
Last Week: Nanticoke 63, Hanover Area 7; Crestwood 47, North Pocono 0
Players To Watch
Nanticoke: RB Zack Fox; Crestwood: RB Noah Schultz
The Skinny: Two of the best running backs in the WVC will be on display, but we have a feeling the Crestwood defense will be dominant as they have been all season. Only chance for the Trojans is to grind it out on offense and keep the Comets’ offense off the field. Doubtful that will happen.
Favorite: Crestwood by 40


Holy Redeemer Royals (4-6) at Lakeland Chiefs (10-0)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
District 2 Class 2A Semifinal
Series: First Meeting
Last Week: Holy Redeemer 34, Montrose 12; Lakeland 28, Mid Valley 0
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer: QB Jacob Hunter; Lakeland: RB Evan Pochas
The Skinny: Lakeland gets a warm-up with Holy Redeemer who is making their first-ever district playoff appearance in football. The Royals will try to throw the ball around but the issue is the mismatch up front. The Chiefs are physical and the Lakeland skill players can match Redeemer’s athletes.
Key Matchup: Holy Redeemer passing game vs. Lakeland secondary
Favorite:
Lakeland by 38


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (3-7) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (7-3)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 2:30pm
District 2 Class 3A Semifinal
Series: Scranton Prep 5-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Scranton Prep 63-6
Last Week: Dallas 49, Lake-Lehman 6; Valley View 22, Scranton Prep 6
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: QB Landon Schuckers; Scranton Prep: RB Queten Palermo
The Skinny: This game has been ugly everytime it has taken place including earlier this year. Prep wants a quick bounce back from their loss last week. Lehman just wants to hang around awhile.
Key Matchup: Lake-Lehman defensive front vs. Prep offensive line
Favorite:
Scranton Prep by 42